CAUTION THIS PAGE BEING EDITED, 3/9/2005.
In January 2005, Opportunities 330 to 360th Mars day, SOL, of surface operation, she reached the heat sheild that
she had discarded almost one Earth year before.
Opportunity took two seperate sets of color and infra-red images of the meteor and two sets of microscope images,
including a microscope "pan", taken Sol 349, which provide an interesting close up of the surface.
(Pan not in this image set, yet.)
The first set of images were taken at an angle, looking toward the meteor, while the second set of images were
taken at a near vertical perspective.
The vertical perspective of the second image set allows color data to be used for creating color microscope images. These color microscope
images are included in on this page. True multiple frequency, i.e. color, microscope images are fairly rare for this mission.
Mars Exploration Rover B, also known as "Opportunity",
image compositions by Jill England.
All images compositions are Copyright(c) 2006, Jill England.
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Context Image, Heat Shield SOL 335
Imaged MerB Sol 335. This composit pancam image shows the context of the heat shield and the meteor under study
just to the left and behind the folded sheild.
It is just chance that the sheild to landed next to this Nickel Iron meteor. There are likely thousands of these scattered
accross the surface. Still this was a lucky find I'm not currently aware of another one of this quality.
The heat sheild is ejected from the renentery vechile just before air bag deployment. The head sheild then continues
to plumet without parachute or other means of slowing down and impacts at terminal velocity.
This very hard impact folded the heat sheild in half and scattered heat sheild fragments and parts such as springs upon the landscape.
Move to the left from above closer to the meteor for study.
Nickel-iron Meteor (January 2005) SOL 346
The first set of images of this artifact were taken at a slight oblique angle. A second study, with additional
microscope images was taken six sols later on Sol 352. The second set is at a near vertical aspect to the meteor.
Nickel Iron Meteor SOL 352
Mer-B SOL 352. Infrared color image composite. The IR image highlights the ubiquitous dust on the
meteor as bright yellow. The
This is two microscope images of the meteor overlaid on the pancam color image.
The resolution incread plus the color data is very interesting.
Here is a higher resolution version of the microscope image overlaid on the
pancamera color image. The resulting color/microscope image is remarkable.
Notice the two white areas on the rock segment. It's quite possible tht these
are salt encrustations.
Sol 352, Meteor IR and Violet Overlays
This image has an overlay of data from the IR and Violet filters. The violet
areas in the photo are where there were large UV changes on the meteor and the
orange-red segments are places that have higer differaces of infra-red light.
These differeances help highlight the inclusions in the meteor of what may be
olivien. The meteor is a unique find.
It is the one rock of which we have
versions of on earth and we have samples of this same rock in labs all over the
world. This may indeed prove to be a rosetta stone of sorts since it provides a
check and calibration source for the spectromer and camera filters.
Close up area of microscope insert with IR and Violet color variations overlays.
Nickel-iron Meteor Anaglyphs SOL 346 and SOL 352
These images are 3D Stereo "Anaglyphs". They are designed to be viewed through stereo
glasses with a red left lense and a blue rightlense.
Included here are two unique "color" anaglyphs. These images combine multi-frequency information
into the 3D image. The result is a unique combination of data that can not be delivered in quite any
other way. Besides the obvious scientific value of multi-frequency image presentation (it allows for a single
image to convey more dimentions of information about a subject) Color anaglyphs can be more pleasing to
view than traditional 'grey' images.